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1971 Hemi Cuda Convertible Nabs $3.5 Million at Auction

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Not bad for a car that originally cost $5,000.

There is a lot you can do with $3.5 million, and this week we were shown that purchasing a classic muscle car is one option. A 1971 Plymouth Hemi Cuda sold for the hefty sum of $3.5 million, stunning the crowd at Mecum's automotive auction in Seattle. The price is a result of the incredible rarity and heritage of the big muscle icon. There were 16,159 Cudas produced in 1971, with only 108 of them being coupes and 11 convertibles receiving the legendary 426 Hemi engine.

The V8 produced 425 hp, breathing in cold air through the rare shaker hood, and into twin 4-barrel carbs. This example was also fitted with a Hurst pistol-grip-shifter, mated to a 4-speed transmission. Adding to desirability is the fact that this is the only known example of a 4-speed, Hemi convertible left in existence.The car was originally sold to famous cartoonist Russ Myers, who then sold it to an enthusiast who ended up having the car seized by law enforcement as part of a drug investigation. In 2000, the piece of Mopar history went through a full restoration down to the smallest details. For a car with an original price tag of $5,000, this is one investment anyone would be proud of.

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